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Obscura Society NY: THE INSIDERS GUIDE TO NYC’S HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE INDUSTRY

Discover the behind-the-scenes stories of the people, animals, and controversies of one of NYC's most famed industries.

Embark on a one-of-a-kind urban equine odyssey, led by 1980s Manhattan horse-drawn carriage driver  and award-winning travel writer/author Bruce Northam, through the streets of midtown Manhattan. Understand the horse-drawn carriage industry and its relationship to New York's history through the this unique perspective, with behind-the-scenes insights about the evolution of NYC’s horse stable neighborhoods, generations of charismatic drivers, celebrity encounters, controversy, news, and the current state of this possibly disappearing industry.

The two-hour tour will span two miles, beginning near the ashes of an 11th Avenue stable (now a park opposing the Javits Convention Center), winding its way through Hell’s Kitchen, and concluding in Central Park, where the horses, carriages, and drivers continue to make history. 

Bruce Northam is the author of THE DIRECTIONS TO HAPPINESS: A 135-Country Quest for Life Lessons. He also created American Detour, a show revealing the travel writer’s journey. His keynote presentation, Street Anthropology, is an ode to freestyle wandering. 

DETAILS:

Sunday, September 20th 2-4PM

Meeting location:

Southeast corner of 37th Street and 11th Avenue, New York, NY

 

Questions? Email rebecca.posner@atlasobscura.com